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Special forces issues have deep historical roots

By Neil James Media coverage and public discussion of alleged breaches of the laws of war by Australian special forces is heavily focused on individual personalities. Little attention has been paid to longstanding collective,...

The five-domains update

By Sunny Cao, Sarah O’Connor and James Rickard Sea state The Japanese government says it won’t join the US-led coalition in the Strait of Hormuz, though it will send its own forces to the...

Trump’s perfidious America

By Shlomo Ben-Ami US President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw American troops from almost all of Syria, clearing the way for a Turkish offensive against the Kurds, is an unconscionable betrayal of a...

Levuka Historical Port Town: whose heritage?

By Luke Kiddle Levuka, Fiji’s original colonial era capital on the island of Ovalau in Lomaiviti Province, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. At the time it was the seventh...

U.S. Politicians Can’t Stop Taking Len Blavatnik’s Money

By Casey Michel Last month, leading anti-kleptocracy voices in the U.S., Ukraine, Russia, and elsewhere sounded the alarm about a massive donation that Len Blavatnik, a Soviet-born businessman with close ties to sanctioned Russian...

Projecting power with the F-35 (part 4): offshore bases

By Marcus Hellyer In previous pieces in this series I discussed the range limitations that are inherent in the design of tactical fighter aircraft. This includes the F-35A currently being acquired by Australia to...

Morrison’s chessboard

By Mick McNeill Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s successful US visit should not be regarded as a ‘set and forget’ box ticking exercise. Rather, it should be viewed as a sound basis for the government...

How China loses friends and alienates people

By Minxin Pei The Chinese folk saying ‘lift a rock only to drop it on one’s own feet’, or its English equivalent, ‘to shoot oneself in the foot’, perfectly describes the self-defeating inclinations of...

Is PLMAM fit for purpose?

By Richard Curtain The third Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting (PLMAM) 2019 took place on 7-9 October in Auckland, organised by the New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). The first was...

The end of bipartisanship in Oz foreign policy?

By Graeme Dobell The bipartisan tenor of Australia’s foreign policy is being stretched and tested. Scott Morrison’s Coalition government talks tough on international policy. A touch of Donald Trump is trumpeted, as foes are...

Grom-2019

By Russian Defense Policy RS-24 Yars ICBM launch from Plesetsk Recall the Russian press reported in advance that Grom-2019 would be a command and control CSX with live activity by RVSN, LRA, VTA, and...

Grom-2019

By Russian Defense Policy RS-24 Yars ICBM launch from Plesetsk Recall the Russian press reported in advance that Grom-2019 would be a command and control CSX with live activity by RVSN, LRA, VTA, and...

Shamanov Disputes Defense Spending

By Russian Defense Policy Shamanov addressing the Duma in 2018 Former VDV commander General-Colonel Vladimir Shamanov’s Defense Committee has criticized the RF government in advance of the first Duma reading of the federal budget...

Shamanov Disputes Defense Spending

By Russian Defense Policy Shamanov addressing the Duma in 2018 Former VDV commander General-Colonel Vladimir Shamanov’s Defense Committee has criticized the RF government in advance of the first Duma reading of the federal budget...

ASPI suggests

By James Brorson, Luke Courtois and Sarah O’Connor The world UK and EU negotiators yesterday reached an agreement on a Brexit deal that Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he’s confident will pass the House...

The high price of Trump’s great betrayal

By Richard N. Haass There are several reasons why US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from northern Syria, and leave the region’s Kurds vulnerable to neighbouring Turkey’s military incursion, was a...

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